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Top Three Teams 1) Trinity 2) Cedar Hill 3) Arlington Bowie The top two teams at the event are interchangeable. Running neck and neck is Trinity and Cedar Hill. Both teams looked to be the cream of the crop but Trinity is an experienced team with an abundance of talent. They started off slow against a small but gritty John Curtis (LA ) but they did not get rattled. They stuck to their guns and eventually got on track to win 28-12. That showed their experience. They are battle tested and face adversity well. Cedar Hill, on the other hand, won by a landslide. They are young but they have the talent to beat anyone. The thing that hurt them most in my assessment is the fact that they made too many mistakes. They fumbled four times and lost three. Arlington Bowie is the dark horse. They trounced a talent laden Trotwood Madison. They played all facets of the game well, I just do not think that they have the horses in the stable to compete with Trinity or Cedar Hill on an even playing field with all teams at their best. Individual Awards Super Sleepers John Curtis HS OT Nathan Stone- Stone was held out of the season last year because of the Louisiana state transfer rule. He moved from the Bayou last year and this was his first action. He is a thick, athletically built OT that is as mean as a rattlesnake. He finishes blocks then looks for more work. Watch for him to blow up this season. Arlington Bowie RB Travis Evans-Unknown before the game, Evans made his presences felt. He is a shifty RB that runs downhill. He is a smaller back, weighing 175, but he can take a hit and keep going. He should become a mid major prospect. Trinity HS RB Christo Lisika- If you did not have a roster in hand, it would be easy to mistake him for Nebraska commit Dontrayevous Robinson. Both are 6'1, have a similar build (thick thighs, slim torso, massive arms and calfs) and a bruising running style with deceptive speed. Lisika did not play last season as he was injury during camp, but a breakout performance at the Herbstreit and solid senior season could land this kid major offers. Cedar Hill CB Jameel Bagby- Is a lock down corner. He has good technique. His back pedal is smooth and fluid, he transitions well and stays low. Keeping him from being a top prospect is his size and speed. He uses technique to keep him in position but at 5-8 150lbs and running a 4.6 40, he is hard to recruit. Looks and plays bigger than he is and should work himself into a couple lower Division 1a offers. Key Players Mansfield Timberview RB Eric Stephens- The Minnesota commit had a slow day running the ball but he showed his versatility catching five passes for 42 yards out of the backfield. Stephens runs hard. He finds a seam and hit it at top speed. WR Sharman Brown- Though his team lost, he was the bright light of their offense; catching four balls for 110 yards. He runs good routes, is a natural pass catcher, and does a good job locating and adjusting to the ball. WR Arron Burks- He didn't have the most productive day but he showed a glimpse of how explosive he can be when he took a short pass and turned it into a 35 yard gain. At 6-4 he must be respected on the field. What he lacked in productivity, he more than made up for with his blocking. Most high school WR take a play off on the backside, not Burks, he looked for work and ran solid decoy routes. Buford OG Dallas Lee- The Georgia commit dominated the LOS with raw strength and nastiness. He plays with tenacity and once he gets into his opponents body; it is over. He is a guy you want blocking for you when it is 4th and goal. If you make it, you win, if you don't, you lose. RB Storm Johnson- Only a junior, Johnson is built like an upperclassmen. He is a bully between the tackles but has the speed to bounce outside and take it the distance. RB Cody Getz- Diminutive in stature, giant in heart. At 5-7 Getz will not be a major college prospect, but he can play football. He is really explosive. He ran right over the top of a LB for his first TD score. Also dynamic in the return game. Cedar Hill OL Thomas Ashcraft- Ashcraft was a major reason Cedar Hill rushed for almost 500 yards. He is enormous with an athletic frame and good feet. Once he latches on, he can run with a defender, shadowing their every move. It is hard to beat him with strength because he is so big and just as hard to work a move on him because he has great feet and can stay in front of you. OL Adam Shead- It is scary to think that Adam Shead is only a junior. At 6-3 305lbs, Shead is a load and he knows how to use his weight. More aggressive than his teammate Thomas Ashcraft, Shead punishes DTs at the point of attack. RB Ben Malena- Using a combination of vision, elusiveness, and balance, Malena is rarely tackled by one defender. He makes people miss and knows how not to take unnecessary hits. Must work on top end speed and holding onto the football. LB Aaron Benson- Attacks fullbacks and pulling guards with good hat and hand placement, then sheds the block quickly. When making a play on the ball carrier, he has good body position and gets leverage to drive them backward. He makes plays because he is always around the football. La Salle QB Ricky Steele- Steele plays QB for La Salle but projects as a CB. He is a roll out QB that is better when given the chance to create with his feet rather than making plays from the pocket. Defensively he has good hips, plays with proper pad level, and isn't afraid to lay a hat on you. RB Tim Edmond- Is a bruiser that picks up hard earned yards between the tackles. He did not have the most productive day but he had the opportunity to show what type of back he was. With little to no blocking, Edmond turned lemons into lemonade. Bowie WR Trae Hawkins- A super fast wideout that is as dynamic running the ball as he is catching it. He took sweeps and reverses at top speed and though he did not pick up many yards he made people miss, showing glimpses of what's to come. He is a major threat on the field and you have to track him. He caught 3 pass for 92 yards and score. The coaches made sure they got the ball in his hands. QB Christian Mathews- He did a lot to up his stock. He is a general and his team marches to the beat of his drum. He makes good decisions and does not try to press the issue. Throws a tight spiral and is accurate. He can escape defenders and picks up yards with his feet. Stock is on the rise. Safety Dexter Linton- He made a number of score saving tackles. Plays well in zone coverage and keeps everything in front of him. He has good instincts and is always in position to make a play on the ball. Has very good closing speed and is a sure tackler. Trotwood Madison OT Chris Freeman- Has a tremendously high upside. He is 6-7 330lbs with good feet but he did not play much due to asthma. DT Anthony Render- The most impressive player of the weekend. Render is tough to block. He stays low and is extremely powerful at the point of attack. He uses his hands well to get off blocks and can run a back down once disengaged. He gives 100 percent effort. Against Bowie he had 4 QB hurries and a handful of QB knockdowns. Render is a top 100 type of player. Trinity MLB Earnest Norman- Nobody did more to help their stock than Kansas commit Earnest Norman. Norman has everything you look for in a LB. He is nasty, plays sideline to sideline, and hits like a Mack Truck. When he meets a running back in the hole, the RB stops dead in his tracks. He is like running into a wall. CB Eryon Barnett- The first thing you notice about Barnett is his size. He is 6'3 with long arms and a nice build. After passing the eyeball test, you notice that he can play. He was lock down all night and had one break up that should have been a pick. He runs well, has good hips, and is an adequate tackler. He plays high at times which slows him down in transition. CB Prinz Kande- Kande is a physical corner. He is not intimidated by WRs and thrives when the play gets a little chippy. What makes Kande special is that while most physical DBs are not great cover guys, Kande is. He has a smooth back pedal, runs out of his breaks, and has excellent ball skills. RB Dontrayevous Robinson- Is a powerful back with great vision and instincts. He sees everything going on around him and he reads his blocks accordingly. He punishes between the tackles but can also get outside. On one of his TD runs, he read the block perfectly and bounced outside where there were no defenders. He is not a barn burner but can bust a big one or two. DT L.T Tuipulotu- A stout DT that clogs the hole and creates piles. He is strong and when he sits in his gap, he is hard to move. He doesn't get too far up field creating gaps and cut back lanes. He is sound in gap control. John Curtis Safety Jonathan McKnight- McKnight was another one of the underclassmen that stood out. Flying all over the field, he had the best game speed of all the safety in the classic. He is a sure tackler and his thin frame will fill out as he gets older. OT Luke Charpentier- Standing at a slim 6'4 275lbs, Charpentier is a technician. He knows how to play the offensive line and uses smarts and technique to best his opponent. He stays low, takes good angles, and has prefect hand placement. He has not fully filled out yet however, he will add size and strength. He is only a junior. Scout.com wants to thank Kirk Herbstreit, Intersport, and their staff for allowing Scout.com to take part is such a first class event.
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